Three finalists will vie for a vacant spot on the Chandler Unified School District governing board in the next two weeks.
A spot was created when board member Rob Barney resigned mid-July after accepting a job out of state.
Nine candidates applied for the open position and three finalists have been selected: Jim Bishop, a 10-year resident of Chandler and a Southwest Airlines pilot; Karen Bredeson, a 13-year resident of Chandler and a vice president at M&I Bank; and Michael Morse, a seven-year resident of Chandler and vice president of international sales for an educational audio company.
They all will attend a mandatory workshop and orientation on Thursday evening. Maricopa County School Superintendent Don Covey will make the final decision about who will take the post. He is expected to announce the selection by the end of July, Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said.
The new member is only guaranteed a short term spot, however. The position ends in December.
Since Barney turned in his resignation early enough, a two-year school board position was put on the November ballot, along with two four-year terms which are open. Current members Bob Rice and Annette Auxier have said they plan to seek re-election.
Whoever is appointed to the position would have to collect 400 signatures by Aug. 4 to be on the ballot and run for the position.